The Crescent School is an Independent Preparatory Co-educational Day School for pupils aged 4 – 11+. Originally founded in 1948 (having informally started in 1946) as a school for the children of Rugby School masters, it was housed in Rugby School buildings. Having opened its doors to children living in Rugby and the surrounding district, it outgrew its premises and, in 1988, purchased a purpose built school in Bilton, a leafy, residential suburb approximately 2 miles south of Rugby town centre.
In September 2016, the Crescent School merged with the Princethorpe Foundation. The Princethorpe Foundation is formed of three schools; Princethorpe College, Crackley Hall (including Little Crackers Nursery) and Crescent School. We share the same ethos, resources and love of learning.
There are currently 161 pupils on role and a further 60 or so younger children in the on-site nursery run by Pathfinders Nursery. The headmaster is a member of IAPS (The Independent Associations Of Prep Schools) and the school is an accredited member of ISC (Independent Schools Council).
In July 2017 Crescent School passed the ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection with the school meeting all the requirements in every section in full.
The last full ISI inspection confirmed the school’s reputation for high academic achievement in a happy and caring environment:
'Pupils achieve well and make good progress in their learning; their knowledge, understanding and skills are developed effectively across a broad curriculum. Their excellent attitudes and exemplary behaviour, together with very positive relationships between pupils themselves and between pupils and staff, make a strong contribution to their achievements.’
Whilst inspecting the EYFS they found:-
'Teachers provide tasks that are carefully tailored to children’s individual needs, promoting confidence and an eagerness to learn, so that children make good progress and their needs are well met. The caring environment ensures a warm, family atmosphere where all children have a secure start to their education.'